Lonas, John Peyton, CMoMM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1942-1944, MO-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1934 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mount Jackson, VA
Last Address
Velto, AL

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Athens City Cemetery - Athens, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

The USS Harder (SS-257) began her 6th War Patrol on August 5th, 1944 and formed a "wolfpack" with four other submarines. She sank two merchant ships before her final attack on August 24th. While the Hake escaped sinking, a depth charge attack sunk the Harder with all hands. Chief Motor Machinist's Mate Lonas was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 2 October 1945.

Service number: 2790712

CMoMM Lonas' original enlistment date is estimated according to his rank at the beginning of WWII. His service was split. He served from approximately 1934 to June 30, 1939. He was then recalled on July 6, 1940 and served until his death.

Submarine war patrols: USS Harder (SS-257) - 1st through 6th

Presidential Unit Citation
For outstanding performance and distinguished service during her War Patrols in enemy-controlled waters. Resolute and daring in combat, the USS Harder has operated dangerously. Striking wherever the neemy could be found, she sank or damaged many thousands of tons of hostile shipping. The officers and men of the Harder have achieved a brilliant record of gallantry in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Duty Stations
USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Harder (SS-257)
  1937-1939, MM-0000, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1940-1941, MM-0000, USS S-21 (SS-126)
  1941-1942, MO-0000, USS Antaeus (AG-67)
  1942-1942, MO-0000, SUBBASE Coco Solo, Panama
  1942-1942, MO-0000, USS S-21 (SS-126)
  1942-1942, MO-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1944, MO-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1938-1938 Fleet Problem XIX
  1939-1939 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mar 31, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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